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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
The Mudd Library summer fellow alumni consist of a growing circle of successful new archivists. This list provides each year’s fellow, the institution from which they came, and the activities they undertook both at Mudd Library and after the fellowship.
Quin DeLaRosa (New York University) worked alongside Fellow Kate Mitchell to research reparative description assessment models. Quin’s technical services duties consisted of processing several small collections in both the University Archives and Public Policy Papers, accessioning archival materials, implementing born-digital workflows, and drafting internal documentation to assist with evaluating and implementing a new plugin for the ArchivesSpace content management system. Quin also provided reference services to researchers in the Mudd reading room.
Post-fellowship, Quin attended the 2022 Society of American Archivists conference in-person with assistance from Princeton University. Afterwards, Quin returned to New York University, where he expanded upon his research from his time at Princeton to complete his capstone research for a Master of Arts in Archives and Public History.
Kelli Yakabu (University of Washington) processed the Richard C. Holbrooke Papers, a 49 linear feet public policy collection, and re-processed the Warren Worth Bailey Papers. She also processed born-digital accessions for the University Archives. In addition to her technical services duties, Kelli provided in-person and remote reference services. Kelli assisted the “On Display: The Public Lives of 20th-Century American Women” exhibition curators, April Armstrong and Amanda Ferrara.
Post-fellowship, Kelli returned to the University of Washington to complete her Master of Science in Library and Information Science. She continues to work at UW Special Collections as the Pacific Northwest Collection Accessioning Assistant and began interning with the Film Archives Specialist as part of her ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellowship.
Michelle Peralta (San Jose State University) researched and curated the exhibit titled "Redefining Old Nassau: Women and the Shaping of Modern Princeton" that documented the contributions, stories, and achievement of women in the 50 years of undergraduate co-education at Princeton. In addition to providing reference services to researchers and assisting in the reading room, Michelle co-created documentation related to born-digital processing with Manuscripts fellow Sara Rogers. Michelle also processed paper and born-digital collections for University Archives, and completed a data migration project to create the EAD finding aid for the Historical Audiovisual Collection.
Post-fellowship, Michelle works as the Resident Archivist for Yale Special Collections at Yale University.
Valencia L. Johnson (Baylor University) researched access methods for born digital material in archives and made recommendations to the Princeton University Library’s Special Collections department, alongside the other summer archival fellows. They later presented their findings at the Society of American Archivists’ Student and New Professionals Roundtable. In her other technical work, she processed and described born digital collections and reprocessed the Robert P. Matthews photograph collection. Valencia was also the graphic designer for the “Learning to Fight and Fighting to Learn: Education in Times of War” exhibition. She provided reference services to patrons and assisted with reading room procedures.
Post-fellowship, Valencia received her provisional status as a certified archivist from the Academy of Certified Archivists. She continued to work at Mudd as a Digital Project Archivist where in addition to her reference work, she focused primarily on the processing and description of born digital collections and web archiving. She later became the Project Archvist for Student Life at Mudd Library.
Will Clements joined Fellows Valencia Johnson and Kathryn Antonelli in researching born-digital access, and participated in the presentation of their findings at SAA 2017. Will also processed paper and born-digital collections in the University Archives and Public Policy Papers, and carried out a large data migration project in order to create EAD finding aids for the Historical Photograph Collection. In addition to research and processing, Will provided reference services to patrons.
Post-Fellowship, Will completed his Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas School of Information. After graduation, Will worked as the Digital Projects Archivist at Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation before returning to the Mudd Library to fill the position of Public Policy Papers Archivist.
Jessica L. Serrao (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) conducted a survey of audio-visual materials held within the Public Policy Papers, which resulted in over 1,000 items found in 18 collections. She also researched and wrote web archiving quality assurance procedures to enhance the processing workflow. In addition to her work in technical services, Jessica provided reference services to patrons and conducted research for and curated an exhibit entitled "A Lotta Kicks: 125 Years of the Triangle Club" that documents the history of Princeton University's musical-comedy troupe, the Triangle Club, for the 125th anniversary celebration.
Post-fellowship, Jessica returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is completing her Master of Science in Library Science degree. She also works at North Carolina State University Libraries' Special Collections as a Library Associate where she processes and catalogs archival collections.
Elena Colón Marrero (University of Michigan) conducted a survey of digital media held within the University Archives and Public Policy Papers. Following completion of the survey, which included over 1,500 pieces of removable media, Elena preserved and described several paper-based and born-digital collections of RBSC, notably the Women’s World Banking Records (Series 7), Office of the President Records: Shirley Tilghman Subgroup (Series 19), and the Toni Morrison Papers (assisted). Furthermore, Elena assisted in the Mudd reference rotation, conducted research for an exhibition on the Princeton Triangle Club, and curated a small exhibition on the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan.
Post-fellowship, Elena returned to the University of Michigan to complete her Master of Science in Information degree.
Rossy Mendez (Pratt Institute) researched and curated an exhibit entitled "Suits, Soldiers and Hippies: The Vietnam War Abroad and at Princeton" which focused on how the major events of the Vietnam War such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Tet Offensive, and the invasion of Cambodia, affected government policy and American society at large, particularly the Princeton campus. In addition to her work with this exhibition she provided reference services to patrons and assisted with reading room procedures.
Post-fellowship, Rossy continued to work at Mudd for one year as a Public Services Project Archivist where she focused primarily on reference services but also on other short-term projects including the processing of several oral history collections. Currently, she is a Project Archivist at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she processes the film, video, and sound recordings collections.
Sara Griffiths (University of Toronto) processed and described three collections: the James F. Hoge Papers, the Mina Mauerstein-Bail Papers, and the Laura W. Murphy (ACLU) Papers. She researched and created an exhibit entitled "Building the House of Knowledge: The Centenary of Princeton’s Graduate College," which documents the events and decisions framing the development of America’s first graduate residential college. In addition she contributed to an ongoing metadata enhancement project by updating existing EAD-encoded finding aids to comply with revised local guidelines and provided reference services to patrons.
Post-fellowship, Sara returned to Toronto where she is currently the acting archivist for two small organizations. At the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto she established an archival program while pursuing her Masters of Information degree at the University of Toronto and she has returned there to maintain the collection, process and describe incoming documents, photographs, and artifacts, work with donors, and develop occasional exhibits on club history and development. At the First Unitarian Church of Toronto she is processing several small collections and updating the existing catalogs to facilitate access to archival materials held at the church. She is also contributing to a large digitization project coordinated by the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
Kate Dundon (New York University), processed and described via EAD-encoded finding aids and MARC records the Leo P. Crespi Papers, the Harold Hoskins Papers, the Harold Kuhn Papers on the Committee on the Structure of the University, the Holland Donan, Class of 1951 Papers, the Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Breitbart Collection on Moe Berg, the Princeton in Africa Records, and accruals to the Dean Mathey Papers and the Theatre Intime Records. She converted legacy descriptive data to EAD-encoded finding aids for the Broadcast Center Recordings and the Geological Survey Glass Plate and Film Negatives series in the Princeton Scientific Expeditions Collection. Kate curated and designed a small historical exhibit on baseball player Moe Berg and collaboratively designed an access method for digitized records from the American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 1, The Roger Baldwin Years. She also collaboratively surveyed the location and housing condition of University Archives and Public Policy Papers holdings, provided reference services, and served patrons at the front desk.
Post-fellowship, Kate worked as a project archivist at Occidental College processing and describing the Bill Henry and Robinson Jeffers collections and creating an online exhibit. She then went on to work as an instructional librarian at Occidental, where she manages the college’s open-access publishing platform. She has been newly hired as a project manager for a grant-funded community project to digitize historic newspapers of Northeast Los Angeles.
Nicole Milano (New York University) processed and described two collections: the Carl A. Fields Papers and the Office of Information Technology Records. She also co-curated and promoted the exhibition “John F. Kennedy: From Old Nassau to the New Frontier,” answered remote reference inquiries, encoded the two finding aids in EAD and wrote the corresponding catalog records. During the fellowship, Nicole presented a poster at the 2010 SAA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Post-fellowship, Nicole became an Archivist at the American Field Service, where she also helped work on an NHPRC funded project entitled Archives of the American Field Service- Rediscovering an American Legacy of Service.
Pete Asch (New York University) processed and described three collections: the Charles T. Lanham Papers, the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, and additions to the Princeton University Graduate School Records. He also assisted in curating an exhibit on "John Foster Dulles: From Diploma to Diplomat," prepared metadata records for a digital poster collection, answered remote reference inquiries, and encoded seven additional finding aids in EAD and wrote the corresponding catalog records.
Post-fellowship, Asch returned to New York University to complete his Master's in History with a Certificate in Archival Management. He also gave a presentation about this and his previous internships at the Fall 2008 MARAC conference. After graduating, he became an Archives Assistant at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives on an NHPRC Funded Project: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The First Fifty Years. In 2010, he became the Archivist at the Oregon Jewish Museum where he is responsible for managing the museum archives and special collections, overseeing the Oregon Jewish Oral History and Sound Archive, and identifying community records for accessioning on an ongoing basis.
In 2007 both Diann Benti (University of Maryland) and Amy Armstrong (University of Texas) were named fellows. Both fellows made major contributions to an ambitious EAD retro-conversion project by encoding files and converting MARC records, answered remote reference inquires and assisted library patrons, and participated in regular meetings with library staff on a number of archival topics. Diann processed the Dana Gardner Munro Papers, as well as the Digital Files Series of the Allen Dulles Papers, a group of 7800 electronic files released to Princeton from the CIA. Amy processed the Karl S. Twitchell Papers.
Jennifer Sharp (University of Michigan) processed and described several collections, including the Blair Clark Papers, the Gilbert F. Close Papers, and the Ansley J. Coale Papers and assisted with an audio digitization project by encoding an item level EAD finding aid. She also answered remote reference inquiries and worked on developing policies and guidelines for the capture of web pages.
Post-fellowship, Jennifer returned to the University of Michigan's School of Information to complete her degree and continued her work at the Bentley Historical Library. She then worked as Manuscript Librarian in the Special Collections Department of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library for one year, and since September 2008, has been working as the project archivist on an NHPRC grant funded project at the Connecticut Historical Society.
Cheryl Oestreicher (Drew University) processed and described the Margaret Snyder Papers and assisted with the conversion of legacy finding aids to Encoded Archival Description, including conducting a survey of legacy documents as well as updating and encoding finding aids. She also assisted with updating MARC catalog records, answered remote reference inquiries, and created an exhibit entitled "1945: A World United and Divided" which documented the end of World War II and the beginning of the United Nations.
Cheryl received her MLIS in May 2004. Post-fellowship, she worked as the Archives Associate and manager of the Drew University Archives. She then worked at the University of Chicago as Project Archivist for the Mellon-funded UNCAP (Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project) from January 2008 to June 2009. Cheryl currently works as a CLIR Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Project Archivist at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, processing the Andrew J. Young Papers and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Atlanta Branch Records. In 2011, Cheryl received her Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University.
Leah Smith (Rutgers University) processed the Anne Martindell Papers, assembled an exhibit of political cartoons commenting on President Franklin Roosevelt's decision to seek a third term, and participated in the reference activities of the library.
Post-fellowship, Leah returned to Rutgers University's Library and Information Science Program to complete her MLS.
Jennifer Walele (University of Arizona) processed the William P. Bundy Papers, assembled an exhibit on Jonathan Edwards, and participated in the reference activities of the Library. Jennifer also accompanied the University Archivist to the home of Anne Martindell to help facilitate the transfer of her papers to the Mudd Library.
Post-fellowship, she completed her MLS and now works for the Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State, conducting research and writing for the Diplomatic Security Project, an unclassified, illustrated, book-length history of the of the diplomatic security function from the beginning of American diplomacy to the present time.
Stasia Karel (Drexel University) processed the William E. Colby Papers, assembled an in-house and online exhibit of Paix et Liberté posters, and organized and moved the oversize collection. In addition, she answered in-house and remote reference questions and assisted patrons.
Post-fellowship, Stasia received her MLS in 2003 and worked for four years at the New York Public Library as part of the Wilson Processing Project. She then spent two years as a project archivist for The Bancroft Library, and in 2010 she became the Assistant Archivist at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new Library + Archives.
Rachel Ban Tonkin (University of Maryland, College Park) arranged and described the Emmet Hughes Papers, created an item-level database for the Princeton University Architectural Presentation Boards Collection, designed a web exhibit for the cased images conservation project, updated the Nassau Hall Iconography Collection, and finalized the processing of the William Cattell Trimble Papers.
Post-fellowship, Rachel received both her MA and MLS in late 2002 and worked for the next seven years at History Associates Incorporated in Rockville, Maryland. She managed their archival storage facility and worked on a variety of archives and records projects including processing collections, appraising records, writing records retention schedules, drafting grant applications, and helping organizations and businesses develop archives and/or records programs. In 2010 she joined the National Archives and Records Administration as an Archives Specialist in the Life Cycle Management Division where she appraises records of federal agencies during the record scheduling process.